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U.S. Is Seen as Laggard as Russia Asserts Itself in Warming Arctic

Sources: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, IBRU at Durham University, Bordermap Consulting, KlimaCampus Integrated Climate Data Center, U.S. Geological Survey: By The New York Times By STEVEN LEE MYERSAUG. 29, 2015 ABOARD COAST GUARD CUTTER ALEX HALEY, in the Chukchi Sea — With warming seas creating new opportunities at the top […]

Obama says climate change is real, despite what skeptics say

“We made it clear that Shell has to meet our high standards in how they conduct their operations – and it’s a testament to how rigorous we’ve applied those standards that Shell has delayed and limited its exploration off Alaska while trying to meet them.” By Bruce Alpert, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune: 29 August 2015 WASHINGTON – President Barack […]

Why Royal Dutch Shell plc Is Facing Resistance In Canada

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Aug 28, 2015  Royal Dutch Shell plc’s (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) drilling in Canada will be coming in for resistance, as reported by the Guardian. The drilling plan in Nova Scotia’s southern shore has been approved by the country’s Environment Minister and is under the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board’s review. The Canadian Environment Ministry […]

Shell Pauses Arctic Offshore Drilling for High Wind, Water

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Aug 28, 2015 By DAN JOLING Associated Press Strong winds and high waves that pounded the northern coast of Alaska have led Royal Dutch Shell PLC to temporarily stop exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean. “Due to high wind and sea states, we have paused all critical operations in the Chukchi […]

GREENPEACE: SHELL IS ‘BANANAS’ IN NEW ARCTIC DRILLING PROTEST

“Shell goes bananas” – Greenpeace protest against oil drilling in the Arctic (Picture: Screenshot/Facebook/Greenpeace Nederland) Posted on Aug 28, 2015 by Janene Van Jaarsveldt Environmental activists Greenpeace placed a giant banana peel on the roof oil company Shell’s office in Amsterdam on Friday morning. This giant banana peel is another protest against the company’s oil […]

High winds cause flooding in Barrow, prompts Shell to pause oil drilling

Yereth Rosen and Alex DeMarban: 27 August 2015 Huge, wind-whipped waves crashed onto the shore at Barrow on Thursday, forcing the closure of a nearby road, the National Weather Service reported. Westerly winds were gusting up to 50 miles an hour, pushing waves up to the top of the beach and causing some erosion, the National Weather Service said. […]

Canadian agency deciding Shell’s offshore drilling includes ex-Shell official

News of Tory-appointed official follows on Environment Minister granting Shell up to 21 days to stop underwater oil spills. In contrast the United States requires Shell to have capping equipment on-site in Alaska within 24 hours. read more

Shell Leaves ALEC, Is Still Terrible

Shell remains one of the dirtiest, corrupt and dangerous companies ever known, and no amount of green-washing can hide that simple fact. Derrick Crowe: 27 August, 2015 Earlier this month, Royal Dutch Shell announced it would allow its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, to expire. ALEC is a major force behind […]

Charlotte Church joins the campaign trail once again as she performs a requiem in musical protest over Arctic drilling

By REBECCA DAVISON FOR MAILONLINE: 26 August 2015 Singer Charlotte Church joined a protest rally outside the Shell headquarters in London on Wednesday in protest over Arctic drilling on behalf of Greenpeace.  The 29-year-old took to the streets to lead a performance of Requiem for Arctic Ice as well as The Bitter Earth outside the building, […]

Concerns mount over whale deaths in Gulf of Alaska

Ryan Schuessler: August 24  KODIAK, Alaska – Researchers are scrambling to determine what’s behind the death of 30 whales in the Gulf of Alaska as unusually warm ocean temperatures continue to wreak havoc on the region. Since May 2015, 14 fin whales, 11 humpback whales, one gray whale and four unidentified specimens have been found dead […]

‘Both sides are unhappy': Obama’s Arctic drilling green light heightens tensions

State Department official says administration’s stance on oil drilling program continues to spur criticism as Hillary Clinton joins list of opponents Oliver Milman in Washington: Friday 21 August 2015 A senior official at the State Department has admitted there is an “obvious tension” between the US’s commitment to combat climate change and its approval of Shell’s […]

Shell begins ‘high-risk’ drilling for Arctic oil

Robin Pagnamenta Energy Editor: August 22, 2015 Shell has begun the final stage of its $7 billion attempt to drill for oil in Alaska’s remote Chukchi Sea. Despite tumbling oil prices and opposition from Hillary Clinton and conservationists, this weekend a steel drill bit was grinding its way through rocks deep beneath the icy waves. […]

Charlotte Church adds her voice to Arctic oil protest

Emma Howard: Friday 21 August 2015 Her performance is part of a month-long protest that Greenpeace is staging, with different groups – from brass bands to bagpipes – playing the same four-piece movement every day during August to highlight Shell’s Arctic venture. The project was inspired by the string quartet on the Titanic, who continued […]

Shell will despoil the Arctic. But Barack Obama is the real villain here

Clinton nailed Obama this week: “The Arctic is a unique treasure. Given what we know, it’s not worth the risk of drilling,” she wrote. Others put it more strongly: “It’s perplexing and depressing to hear President Obama say he wants to fix climate change but then approve Arctic drilling. FULL ARTICLE

Fire at Shell’s Pulau Bukom plant leaves 6 injured, including 3 in critical condition

This is not the first time a fire broke out at Pulau Bukom. In September 2011, more than 100 firefighters helped to put out a fire that raged for 32 hours at the Pulau Bukom refinery. Shell was fined $80,000 the following year for lapses in workplace safety that led to the fire. Lim Yi […]

Hillary Clinton scuppers Shell’s plan to drill for oil in the Arctic

By CITY & FINANCE REPORTER FOR THE DAILY MAIL PUBLISHED: 19 August 2015 Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic ambitions have sparked a political row in the US after presidential candidate Hillary Clinton opposed its plans. President Obama’s administration gave Shell the final green light to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic this week – which […]

GREENPEACE CALLS FOR SHELL BOYCOTT AFTER ALASKA DRILLING GO-AHEAD

by Janene Van Jaarsveldt: 18 August 2015 Greenpeace has launched a boycotting action against Shell in response to the oil company receiving the final go-ahead from the American government for drilling in Alaska, AD reports. On Monday the United States government gave Shell final permission to start test drilling in Alaska, provided that the company has […]

Green fury after Shell is given go-ahead for Arctic drilling

Green fury after Shell is given go-ahead for Arctic drilling US President accused of ‘double-speak’ by activists as Hillary Clinton joins chorus of criticism DAVID USBORNE , TOM BAWDEN: THE INDEPENDENT: Wednesday 19 August 2015 Shell has been granted final permission by the US regulatory authorities to begin exploratory drilling for oil and gas beneath the […]

Alaska oil prospecting project splits Democrats

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has contradicted fellow Democrat President Barack Obama by rejecting a Shell oil prospecting project off Alaska. Obama’s administration has given Shell approval to resume drilling. 18 August 2015 Clinton put herself at odds with Obama’s administration late on Tuesday by describing the Arctic as a “unique treasure” and “not worth the […]

Hillary Clinton Says Arctic Drilling ‘Not Worth the Risk’

“The Arctic is a unique treasure,” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted. “Given what we know, it’s not worth the risk of drilling.” MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday staked out her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, a day after the Obama administration gave Royal Dutch Shell final approval to […]

Shell shares slump as it gets green light for Arctic drilling

TOM BAWDEN: THE INDEPENDENT: Tuesday 18 August 2015 Shell’s shares slumped today after the US government finally gave it the green light to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean. The FTSE 100 oil giant will be able to explore the ocean floor for hydrocarbons for the first time since 2012, when a series […]

Shell gets final nod to drill in Arctic Ocean

By Seattle Times staff Seattle Times news services WASHINGTON — The federal government Monday gave Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska’s northwest coast for the first time in more than two decades. President Obama is ending restrictions on Shell’s drilling in the Arctic Ocean — […]

Shell gets final permit for Arctic oil drilling

Oil and gas giant Shell has been granted the final permit it needs to begin drilling below the ocean floor for oil in the Arctic. Shell began work last month, but was allowed to drill just the top sections of two wells, off the coast of Alaska. Environmental campaigners are against the drilling which they […]

U.S. gives Shell final nod to drill for oil in Arctic

Markets | Mon Aug 17, 2015 By Timothy Gardner Aug 17 (Reuters) – The Obama administration granted Royal Dutch Shell final clearance on Monday to resume drilling for oil and gas in the environmentally fragile Arctic Ocean for the first time since 2012, a move green groups vowed to fight. The U.S. Department of the […]

Feds allow Shell to drill for oil in Arctic Ocean off Alaska for first time in 20-plus years

Aug. 17, 2015 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal government has given Royal Dutch Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska’s northwest coast for the first time in more than two decades. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Monday that exploratory drilling can go […]

Arctic drilling not consistent with Obama climate change fight, report says

Arctic drilling not consistent with Obama climate change fight, report says By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor The Obama administration’s crusade against climate change is “inconsistent” with allowing Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) to drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean, environmentalists warn in a new report. Pres. Obama has said he will consider climate […]

Shell exacerbates housing shortage in Alaska port town

Nation’s largest fishing port was already short on housing. With Shell in town, locals say things are getting worse. Ryan Schuessler Aug. 13, 2015 Not much has changed in Unalaska, Alaska, since Flor Luna had trouble finding a place to live when she moved here 14 years ago. “When I first came here, I put […]

Former BP chief exec warns Shell about Arctic drilling

Former BP chief exec warns Shell about Arctic drilling Kamala Kelkar: August 13, 2015 The former chief executive of BP, who headed the company during a spate of nasty disasters including the biggest ever pipeline spill in the North Slope, warned Shell that drilling in the Arctic could hurt its reputation. Former BP CEO Lord Browne told […]

Green groups warn Shell boss over ‘reckless’ pursuit of Arctic oil

Green groups warn Shell boss over ‘reckless’ pursuit of Arctic oil EXCLUSIVE: WWF chief executives write to Ben Van Beurden as Greenpeace and Oil International unveil new report highlighting Arctic drilling risks By Jessica Shankleman  |  14 Aug 2015 Green groups have stepped up pressure on Shell over its plans to drill for oil in […]

Can The Shell Rig Come Back? Examiner Reconsiders City Decision

By CAROLYN ADOLPH: 13 August 2015 Shell’s Polar Pioneer, briefly a resident at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5,  is drilling for oil in the Chukchi Sea. The question is whether the rig can return to Seattle this fall — and whether it can stay the winter.  The Port of Seattle and Foss Maritime Co. are […]

A Spineless Shell of a Company: You aren’t fooling anyone

By Jean Card: 13 August 2015 Have you heard? Royal Dutch Shell (that’s Shell oil company to most of us) is going to save the planet. It wants to stop climate change! How? Wait for it. The company is dumping its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (a former employer of mine). What a […]

Shell’s Drilling Plans Expose Just How Unprepared The U.S. Is For A Melting Arctic

BY NATASHA GEILING AUG 12, 2015 1:02PM As Shell moves forward with its plans to drill in remote Arctic waters, the U.S. Coast Guard is being forced to divert resources — including a national security ship normally used for monitoring drug trafficking — to ensure that the oil and gas company sticks to its safety […]

Shell Oil ditches conservative group that fuels climate change deniers, while drilling for oil in the Arctic

August 12, 2015 | By Joel Connelly Royal Dutch Shell is severing its ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative groups that has worked in states to block President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to curb coal plant emissions. Shell has cited ALEC’s stand on climate change as the reason for not renewing its […]

Shell’s repaired icebreaker arrives at Arctic Ocean drilling site

Asaf Shalev: August 12, 2015 A key emergency response vessel arrived at Royal Dutch Shell’s drill site in the Arctic Ocean Tuesday night, inching forward the oil giant’s plans for digging an exploratory well this summer. With arrival of the Fennica, a leased Finnish icebreaker, final federal approval is the only hurdle remaining before Shell can […]

Greenpeace Protesters Could Each Face $5,000 Fines for Blocking Shell Ship

by M. ALEX JOHNSON Five Greenpeace protesters who tried to stop a Shell oil ship from reaching Alaska last month could be fined $5,000 apiece for interfering with safe operations, the Coast Guard told NBC News on Wednesday. None of the protesters was identified. They have 30 days to either pay the fines or contest […]

The New Cold War: The Arctic

It could set major oil companies against each other but also superpower against superpower as they scramble to exploit the last untapped giant reserves in a part of the world where territorial boundaries remain unclear. No wonder some fear a new cold war. FULL ARTICLE WELL WORTH READING

Can Shell afford Arctic oil?

Karl Mathiesen: Wednesday 12 August 2015 This is the first time the Anglo-Dutch giant’s star-crossed Arctic programme will drill deep enough to hit oil. The company has reportedly spent $7bn (£4.5bn) on getting to this point, including replacing its prize Kulluk rig after it ran aground off Alaska in 2012. For them to gain any […]

BVB Personal Journey? Was it to a bank or a casino?

By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden claims that he has been on a personal journey in relation to authorising Shell’s latest Arctic gamble. All due credit for the courage needed to take such a huge risk. The same applies to Shell’s takeover of the BG Group and the alliance with the corrupt […]

Shell Arctic drilling ‘risky’ – ex-BP boss Lord Browne

By Roger Harrabin: BBC environment analyst: 12 August 2015 Drilling for oil in the Arctic may harm Shell’s reputation and cost it dear, the former BP boss Lord Browne has said. Shell has just started preliminary drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea after several setbacks. The firm’s CEO Ben van Beurden said he had gone on […]

Shell Oil accidentally spills hundreds of thousands of pounds of toxic gas in Deer Park

Dylan Baddour, Houston Chronicle: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 On Sunday morning, hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic gas were accidentally released from the Shell Oil facility in Deer Park. According to reports from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, 326,166 pounds of butadiene escaped through an open valve on a spherical tank between 10:40 am […]